Broome Co. Family Court Judge removed from office over ‘misconduct’

first_imgIn a nine-page decision, the Court of Appeals agreed with the commission regarding three out of four complaints against Miller. In February 2020, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct determined Miller to be “unfit” for judicial office. In court documents filed Thursday, Judge Richard H. Miller II has been removed from office after the state said Miller had a “broad pattern” of misconduct and failed to “recognize the seriousness” of that conduct. The full document citing the reason for his removal is posted below:center_img (WBNG) — The New York State Court of Appeals agreed with the New York State Commission on Judicial conduct, permanently removing a Broome County family court judge. Charge I – alleging that Miller “engaged in a pattern of inappropriate behaviour, including making sexualized comments, toward certain staff members of the Broome County Family Court”Charge II – alleging that Miller “lent the prestige of his judicial office to advance his private interests and failed to conduct his extra-judicial activities so as to minimize the risk of conflict with his judicial obligations when he had his court secretary perform services unrelated to her official duties.Charge IV – alleging that Miller failed to “timely and accurately disclose income from his extra-judicial activities”.last_img read more

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Little appetite for auto-enrolment in Germany

first_imgBert RürupOn his panel – comprising delegates from the insurance association, the government, the employer federation, unions and an insurance customer advocacy group – no one seemed keen on the idea of a mandatory pillar for supplementary pensions.However, Alexander Gunkel, chairman of the board at the employer federation BDA, proposed a compromise.“We want for every company to be allowed to choose whether or not it wants to introduce mandatory ‘Entgeltumwandlung’ [deferred compensation],” he said. His suggestion was seconded by Peter Schwark, board member at the association of insurers GDV.“The government could allow auto-enrolment for all companies, not only the ones that are part of a collective bargaining agreement,” Schwark added.BRSG and collective bargainingGermany’s new pensions rulebook, the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz (BRSG), took effect at the start of last year and gave auto-enrolment a legal basis for the first time.However, the BRSG limits the use of this element to the Tarifpläne, non-guaranteed industry-wide pension plans that can be set up as part of collective bargaining agreements between employers and unions.Under the old legal framework, a handful of companies set up auto-enrolment plans – more commonly referred to in Germany as ‘opting-out’ plans – by making use of a legal grey area.Since the introduction of the BRSG, no industry has done much more than discussed the new pension plans. Only a small number of German industries are part of a collective bargaining agreement. BDA’s Gunkel said auto-enrolment could “help create a nationwide pension provision – not just via the unions”.Third-pillar optionsTurning to the idea of mandatory third-pillar arrangements, Rürup accused the insurance industry of having “torpedoed a mandatory Riester-Rente” – a reference to state-subsidised individual pension plans introduced in 2002.Defending the insurance industry’s objections at the time, GDV’s Schwark cited the special nature of private supplementary retirement saving.“The third pillar is individual and has to remain voluntary, as people’s personal circumstances are very different,” he said.Professionals such as lawyers, notaries and doctors are covered by Versorgungswerke – industry-wide pension arrangements – but for other self-employed individuals there is no obligation to save for their retirement.Gunkel called for this to change, arguing that self-employed people were “at a higher risk” of old-age poverty, meaning they would be picked up by state-funded safety nets. “Mandatory systems are more efficient,” he added. The idea of introducing auto-enrolment for all Germans into company or private pensions did not find much support at a conference in Berlin yesterday. During a panel debate, moderator Bert Rürup, president of Handelsblatt Research and a long-time adviser to the government on supplementary pensions, said mandatory elements of pension systems were success factors in other countries.“All successful multi-pillar pension systems are mandatory,” Rürup argued. He cited mandatory sections of the second pillar in Switzerland and the Netherlands, as well as Norway and Sweden with a focus on the third pillar. last_img read more

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Youth Worker Cafe highlights top youth issues

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Decatur County United Fund hosted the Decatur County Youth worker Café Tuesday at the Decatur County REMC.  The Indiana Youth Institute presented the State of the Child 2020 demographic date information to the crowd.   The data presented was on overview of state statistics reported from the Department of Education for Decatur County as well as correlated information against State and national data. Decatur County ranked 29th overall for child well being.  The largest issues for the area continue to be a lack of mental health options for youth and a lack of early education options.  The data was presented by Sarah Micich, Director of Data and Research at IYI. The Decatur County United Fund hosts three Youth Worker Cafes per year.  Joane Cunningham stated that the intent of the cafes is to gather all of the individuals and agencies in the community that works with the youth of Decatur County including schools and not-for-profits.  The events are free but do need to register in advance as there is a lunch provided.  The next Youth worker café will be held on May 14 at the Decatur County REMC.  To review the snapshot information on any county in Indiana from IYI, click here.last_img read more

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Classy field for Fish Canoe Marathon

first_img26 September 2013After bagging his third Marathon World Championship title in Copenhagen over the weekend, South Africa’s Hank McGregor will join a horde of world-class local and international paddlers in Cradock on Friday for the opening stage of the two-day 2013 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon.McGregor again showed why he is regarded by many as the best all-round paddler on the globe when he overcame a strong senior men’s K1 field to claim gold for the third time in his career in Copenhagen on Saturday, before heading straight to the airport to return home to focus on his Hansa Fish campaign.McGregor’s Hansa Fish partner, Grant van der Walt, finished seventh at the World Championships in the K1 race, a result that will give the pair an enormous confidence boost ahead of this year’s Hansa Fish, which they are aiming to win together for a fourth consecutive time.Under-23 world championTriple Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Andy Birkett also enjoyed a golden Danish trip as he narrowly edged out van der Walt’s younger brother, Brandon, to claim the under-23 world title, with Van der Walt making it a South African one-two.Birkett and his 2013 Hansa Fish partner Cam Schoeman then put in another top performance in the men’s K2 event, powering to fifth place between their fellow South African crew of former marathon world champ Shaun Rubenstein and 2013 surfski world champ Sean Rice, who finished fourth, and the Czech Republic’s Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko, who claimed sixth position.Birkett and Schoeman make up one of a trio of pairings labelled this year’s Hansa Fish “big three”, while Van der Walt will pair up with SA sprinter Stuart MacLaren.Mixed doublesRice will be teaming up with his girlfriend, Emily McGrath, in what promises to be a hotly contested mixed doubles category.Having tackled the Hansa Fish in K1s last year, Adam and Odvarko had their hopes of a 2013 K2 entry dashed recently when Odvarko was forced to withdraw from the trip due to personal reasons.Adam will, however, still be in action with Czech sprint sensation Lukas Trefil.Adam’s sister, Anna Adamova, was yet another 2013 Hansa Fish attendee who enjoyed great success in Copenhagen where she claimed the silver medal in the women’s K1 event before racing to third place in the K2 event with partner Lenka Hrochova.Top women’s teamsAdamova will team up with top SA river marathoner Abby Adie in Cradock as the pair takes on the likes of fellow top female river paddler Robyn Kime and her partner, London Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley.Hartley had an unfortunate experience in Denmark with a rudder mechanical just 500 metres from the starting line ended her and doubles partner Michele Eray’s K2 medal challenge.Under-18 girls’ sensation Kirsten Flanagan was another of Team South Africa’s standout performers as she bravely battled her way to a memorable silver medal to add to the gold she claimed at the Surfski Worlds in Portugal earlier this year.K1 entryDespite this year’s Hansa Fish being a K2 championship year, she has opted to take part individually, even though her recent World Championships effort would have done her chances of securing herself a top partner no harm.Others South African World Championships’ representatives who will be in action in Cradock include Michelle Burn, Jenna Ward, Kerry Segal and Kenny Rice, while the strong performances by South African masters’ competitors in Copenhagen bodes well for competitive clashes throughout the age groups at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Rackspace Cloud Grows to U.K. – Hosting VMware and Xen in Harmony

first_imgRelated Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud mike kirkwood Tags:#Announcements#cloud#Cloud Providers#Data Centers Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today Rackspace announced that it plans to bring both public cloud services and VMWare-based private cloud to the U.K. by the end of 2010.Rackspace isn’t shy about its model and expertise. The company has refined the hosting experience into an energetic art form. It even has a name for that passion: “fanatical support.” It’s this focus on customers that is partially behind the two-pronged approach in the U.K. In all likelihood, Rackspace would probably prefer the Xen powered public cloud infrastructure by itself, but the company needs to support VMware in order to reach those customers that it also hosts.Pat Matthews, VP and GM for cloud at Rackspace told us that there’s an evolving conversation happening with companies that host infrastructure and their move to cloud solutions. He says there’s a growing need to connect cloud infrastructure to hosted infrastructure – and that some of Rackspace’s customers are becoming the first customers of the new venture.The VMware solution is designed to support hybrid hosting solutions that combine the best features of cloud computing and managed hosting. It’s expected that VMware’s vCloud will help Rackspace enter into the market with enterprise-optimized cloud services that meet existing private cloud or virtualization deployments.Rackspace’s public cloud services use the Xen hypervisor. The company seems proud of the work it has done to leverage Xen in providing a powerful and cost-effective cloud infrastructure that is offered as a full suite of APIs. Rackspace is letting customers automate provisioning (and de-provisioning) cloud resources into their applications, for example as a practical tool optimized for customers.Launching Cloud in UK MarketRackspace plans to launch the offering in the U.K. at the end of the year. The company’s existing cloud infrastructure grew last year by 125% and it’s that pattern of current hosting partners becoming cloud customers that was a key reason in it investing in the U.K.Disclosure: Rackspace is a sponsor of ReadWriteWeb. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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Tips for Using the Adobe Premiere Pro Project Manager

first_imgNew Trimmed Project in Premiere ProWhen it’s time to archive your Premiere Pro project you can use the Project Manager to create a clean “trimmed version” of it.  The trimmed version will remove all unused footage so that the new version only includes the media elements that were actually included in the video(s).Since we are trimming the media we’ll want to include handles on each clip (this adds time before and after each clip in the timeline).  I generally make my handles 2-3 seconds, so that I can go back and make trimming changes or add new transitions if necessary.  Although trimming will take out the majority of the footage that didn’t make it in the final videos, handles are useful  for giving you that little bit of “wiggle room” in case you need it later on.Click “Calculate” to see what the size of the trimmed project/media will be.Click “Browse” to set a destination and then click “OK”.‘Gotchas’ with Premiere’s Project ManagerThere are a few things to be aware of when trimming projects using the Premiere Pro Project Manager:You can’t trim Long GOP footage like H.264 or MXF.  You would need to transcode this footage to another format like Pro Res to trim it using Project Manager.Footage in a multicam sequence will not be trimmed (because it is nested into another sequence).After Effects compositions using Dynamic Link will not be moved using the Project Manager.  You have to manually do this.Need additional help?  You can read more about the Premiere Pro Project Manger on Adobe’s help page. Use Premiere Pro’s Project Manager to move/archive your projects without breaking connections and getting offline error messages.  It’s not a sexy topic, but it is important!Use Premiere Pro’s Project Manager when you are copying or trimming (removing unused files) your project. If you move the project and the media separately you will break the link and have to reconnect them.  You can run into additional problems if media isn’t reconnected properly or some files go astray.  The Project Manager serves to simplify this process.Moving Files in Premiere ProHere’s a typical editing scenario: You want to collect your project and media files and copy them to a new location, such as an external hard drive.  This is especially useful if you’re planning on editing off-site or need to share a project with another editor.From the Project menu select Project Manager.Under Resulting Project select Collect Files and Copy to New Location.Uncheck Exclude Unused Clips since we want to move all the files.Leave Include Preview Files (rendered effects) & Audio Conform Files checked.Check Rename Media Files to Match Clip Names when you have renamed your clips in the Project.Click the Browse button to choose a location to copy the files/project to. Then click OK.  The media and project are then copied to the specified destination.  Much more tidy than dragging files around your computer!last_img read more

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2ND READING OF BUILDING FEE INCREASES

first_imgTHE SIOUX CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED SECOND READING OF A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE BUILDING PERMIT FEES FOR BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES.CITY INSPECTIONS MANAGER DARREL BULLOCK SAYS THE CITY HAS NOT INCREASED RESIDENTIAL FEES IN OVER 20 YEARS, AND COMMERCIAL FEES SINCE 2012:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FEES1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………500% BEHIND. :20THE PROPOSED CHANGES INCLUDE INCREASING A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING BASE PERMIT FEE FROM $635 TO $700 AND TWO FAMILY RESIDENCE FROM $1270 TO $1400.JEFF REINDERS, PRESIDENT OF THE SIOUX CITY CONSTRUCTION LEAGUE, TOLD THE COUNCIL HIS MEMBERS DECIDED TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED INCREASES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FEES2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….COST OF PROVIDING SERVICES. :24LOCAL REALTOR DICK SALEM OBJECTED TO THE INCREASES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FEES3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..SKYROCKET. :14THE COUNCIL VOTED 3-0 TO APPROVE SECOND READING.MAYOR BOB SCOTT AND ALEX WATTERS WERE ABSENT FROM MONDAY’S MEETING.THE 3RD FINAL VOTE IS SET FOR NEXT MONDAY.last_img read more

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